World Cup 2022 – Spain vs Costa Rica LIVE: Stream FREE, score, TV channel – Ferran Torres adds FOURTH for sublime Spain | The Sun

SPAIN are facing Costa Rica in their opening 2022 World Cup group game RIGHT NOW – and they've raced into a 4-0 lead!

Ferran Torres has scored a double after Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio goals for the rampant Spaniards.

La Roja were the best international team in the world between 2008 and 2012, but those stars have retired and the new generation are finding their feet.

Four years ago in Russia, Spain went out in the last-16, losing a penalty shootout to the tournament hosts.

  • Kick-off: 4pm UK time
  • TV channel: ITV 1
  • Live stream: ITV X
  • Spain XI: Unai, Azpilicueta, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Ferran, Asensio, Olmo
  • Costa Rica XI: Navas, Oviedo, Calvo, Waston, Duarte, Fuller, Bennette, Tejeda, Borges, Campbell, Contreras

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  • Sam Dymond

    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica – Spain substitution

    70. The second half has been broken up by a flurry of substitutions – and that probably suits both teams.

    While Costa Rica avoid a complete walloping, Spain are taking the opportunity to rest legs and the latest change is an interesting one.

    Young Nico Williams is on for his fourth cap, replacing Marco Asensio.

    The winger's brother – Inaki Williams – is also at the World Cup, repressing Ghana. Could they meet in the later stages?

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica – Calvo yellow card

    68. Costa Rica finally put in a challenge in anger – and it leads to the first yellow card of the game.

    Francisco Calvo is the man penalised for diving in on Carlos Soler.

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica 

    66. A moment of Costa Rican excitement as Oviedo finds himself in acres of space in attack.

    However, the reason he is in acres of space is because he's clearly offside.

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica – Spain double substitution

    64. Barcelona veterans Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are off, making way for teenage teammate Alejandro Balde and Koke of Atletico Madrid.

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

    62. As Luis Enrique readies further changes on the touchline, Morata slams a shot wide of the near post.

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica – Costa Rica substitution

    61. A change of note as former Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz comes on for his 147th international cap.

    At 37 years of age, the midfielder becomes the oldest player to represent his country.

    He replaces Sunderland's Jewison Bennette, 19 years his junior.

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

    59. The personnel may have changed by the pattern of play continues.

    Costa Rica have struggled to lay a boot on the Spanish players. What happened to that competitive side of 2014?

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    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica – Spain double substitution

    57. Ferran Torres' second goal was his last act of the game, and he goes off to be replaced by Alvaro Morata.

    Also on is Carlos Soler for the exceptional Pedri.

  • Sam Dymond

    Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

    54. It's all too easy for Spain.

    After another prolonged period of possession, Ferran Torres darts into the box, only to find his path blocked by Francisco Calvo.

    However, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and left-back Bryan Oviedo impede each other in mopping up the loose ball, and all's the invitation that Torres needs.

    Retrieving the ball, the former Manchester City spins on a sixpence and sweeps low into the net.

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    Two for Torres!

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    51. On their latest attack, Spain work the ball from left to right, and then look to go back again.

    A driven cross has Torres lurking at the far post until Calvo clatters it away.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    50. Unsurprisingly, the 537 successful passes that Spain clocked up in the first half is a World Cup record.

    Can they complete 1000 before the 90 minutes is up?

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    48. It's more of the same in the second half.

    This time Azpilicueta strides forward on the right, and squares to Asensio on the edge of the area.

    The forward takes a touch, and then whips a rising shot a yard over Navas' crossbar.

  • Sam Dymond

    Kick-off – Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    46. Costa Rica begin the second half by making a substitution.

    On is experienced centre-back Kendall Waston for right-back Carlos Martinez, who was run ragged by Jordi Alba in the opening 45 minutes.

  • Sam Dymond

    First half facts and figures

    Only two corners? Spain must do better.

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    Live from Al Thumama Stadium

    Our man in Doha is Dan King, and after a couple of shocks in the early days of Qatar 2022, he's witnessing a thoroughly dominant performance from one of Europe's giants.

    "Normal service is being resumed here.

    "This game looked over when Marco Asensio made it 2-0 after barely 20 minutes. It certainly is after Ferran Torres converted a penalty to make it three just past half hour.

    "Costa Rica may be ranked No 31 in the world, but they look like the weakest, most limited team of the World Cup so far.

    "They struggled to qualify and if this turns into the thrashing it could be, then they may wish they hadn't bothered.

    "Spain look very, very comfortable, playing a virtual 1-4-5 formation at times and keeping the ball at will. They've had it more than 80 per cent of the time, in old money. 

    "The Barcelona midfield machine is purring, even though Gavi is so slight you're afraid he would be knocked over by one blast of the air conditioning.

    "Costa Rica are also in danger of being blown away, unless Spain take pity on them and keep things social in the second half."

  • Sam Dymond

    Half-time – Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    Mohammed Abdulla Hassan finally calls time on as one-sided a World Cup game as you're likely to see in the modern era.

    Goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and a penalty from Ferran Torres has the Spanish in complete control.

    Costa Rica need a miracle – or the second 45 minutes to go really quickly.

  • Sam Dymond

    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    45+5. It should have been four!

    A cheeky back-heel from Busquets sends Pedri into space, and he, in turn, plays a through ball into the area for Asensio.

    Driven wide, the Real Madrid lashes at it with his left foot, only to fire wide of the near post.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    45+2. It's Pedri's 20th birthday in two days' time, and he is currently dominating a match at the World Cup.

    On my 20th birthday, we stole a table from a bar on the Embankment and then went home to play Championship Manager.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    45. The board goes up to signal five minutes of stoppage time.

    Normally a team trailing would be grateful for seeing such a large number on the electronic board.

    Costa Rica are not.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    43. The passing, the movement, the possession, the skill, it's all been sublime from the Spanish so far.

    The only aspect that has let them down at all has been appearing not to know the offside rule.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    41. Rodri decides to give his goalkeeper Simon something to do so turns back and sends a 40-yard pass in his direction.

    Good to keep him on his toes, I guess.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    39. It's hard to fully gauge Spain's performance considering how futile their opponents have been, but much of this display has been every bit as good as the side that lifted the trophy in 2010.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    38. "It's PlayStation football," opines Clive Tyldesley, who you suspect hasn't picked up a controller since International Superstar Soccer on the PlayStation 1.

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    Spain 3-0 Costa Rica

    36. A glimpse of attacking intent from Bennette as he finds himself on the ball 40 yards from goal.

    The Sunderland teenager sets off at pace, but soon runs into trouble without any support up top.

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